Summary: The sermon shares how David was in mire and muck needed help as we all do he trusted god and God delivered.

“Sometimes you Need Muck Boots” Psalm 40:1-11

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1. Sounds like David for whatever reasons needed some Muck Boots because of the Muck in his life

• David describes his situation as being in a “desolate pit and miry bog” 2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, NRSV.

• Why is David in the miry muck? We don't know exactly what happened to David that landed him in such a "pit" of depression.

• He was a warrior and a leader. Perhaps he had made some bad decisions, Maybe he was in

despair because his enemies were trying to kill him. Maybe as a result of the incident with Bathsheba.

2. WE all have Muck in our life don’t we?

• There is the pits of desolation as a result of loss of Job

• Spouse has abandoned us, child is sick, some disability, a unexpected death in the family, Bank account is empty bills need paid

• An illness, a stupid decision one makes. Then we find ourselves like David in MUCK.

3. How do we get out of the MUCK? Muck Boot came in many different types remember, but there really not going to solve the miry issues

• Put on those Muck Boots and Step outside there you may put your mind on other things Exercise. Plant a tree. Plant a garden; Take a walk through the woods. Get on a mountain trail. Remember David said, “I looked unto the hills from whence cometh my help my help cometh in the name of

the lord.

• Sometimes we put on the muck boot of blame many times Our mess, we think, is someone else's fault, So how do we get out of the muck? Blaming others for our problem might be one way to do it. But we don't want to do that, do we? Because, although we think it might work, it doesn't.\

• David in his miry muddy situation put in the muck Boots of Faith in God

“Me and God can deal with it” [2] He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. ,

• We get out of muck by trudging through the muddiness of life

• We get out of muck by understanding we are never alone

• We get out of muck by grasping that the mud will go away spring is on the way!

4. Finally, David didn’t really need Muck Boots but David kept his hold on God

Charles Spurgeon said, “A man may be as poor as Lazarus, as hated as Mordecai, as sick as Hezekiah, as lonely as Elijah, but while his hand of faith can keep its hold on God, none of his outward afflictions can prevent his being numbered among the blessed but the wealthiest and most prosperous man who has no faith is accursed, be he who he may.”

• David kept his hold on God by having a new song [3] He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise

I can’t change my circumstance but I can change my attitude so I will keep on singing

• David Kept his hold on God knowing God bended down to hear ,“ I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry”. The word inclined has the sense of God bending down to David in his affliction

• David kept his Hold on God by Surrendering to God vs 6-8 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”

• David kept his hold on God because there is plenty of Muck but there is more Mercy Vs 11-12 My iniquities have overtaken me: David needed this constant supply of the mercy, lovingkindness, and truth of God because he knew his own sins. He asked God to not leave him to his many sins (more than the hairs of my head), but to deliver him in mercy.

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